This is January for you, folks. That time of year where Hollywood squats down over every theater in America and takes a giant dump. Here's your proof: a film that's a ripoff of Gladiator, 300 and pretty much every other sword and sandal epic. I didn't even like Troy, but Troy's Ben-Hur when stacked next to The Legend of Hercules. The acting is abysmal, the dialogue is laughably cheesy, the special effects look like they were purchased from a Dollar General and the fight sequences are obnoxiously repetitive. If you wanna give this a watch, be my guest. You might even get to avoid a ticket price 'cause I guarantee you this film will be in a Redbox and Wal-Mart checkout lane near you before I even finish this review.
Full review at http://silverscreenfanatic.com/2014/01/10/the-legend-of-hercules/
If you're looking for the crowning achievement in all of cinema (and I'm hoping those that haven't seen this is a small, small minority), The Godfather would be it. Francis Ford Coppola's masterful direction combined with Mario Puzo's riveting story, Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola's stirring and memorable score, Gordon Willis's breathtaking cinematography, the universally spectacular performances, what more needs to be said, people?! Even with a running time that's just shy of three hours, the story, narrative and richly written characters have you so captivated, you don't even feel the length of time go by. This is the film that forever shaped my taste in movies, and no matter how many times I watch it, I always find a new, hidden gem revealed to me.
Full review at http://silverscreenfanatic.com/2014/01/07/benjamins-stash/
Is Wiseau in on the joke here? He's retroactively trying to make it seem that way by describing The Room as a "black comedy", but really? I find it hard to believe that Wiseau - the self-aggrandizer of all self-aggrandizers - didn't intend for this film to be as earnest and serious as it tries to be. That's what makes this film the best of the worst. Films like Troll 2 and Plan 9 From Outer Space are bad, but you can automatically tell you're in for something ridiculous with those films from the get-go. The Room takes itself and its ADD storyline so seriously, it exceeds all other best-worst films by a mile, light years even. I've now seen this film three times and with each viewing it gets more ridiculous and funny. The questions it raises haven't been answered yet, and I have a feeling they never will. In the end, I just enjoy the incomprehensible question mark of a car wreck that it is.
Full review at http://silverscreenfanatic.com/2014/01/06/what-the-hell-were-they-thinking/
While there are some comical moments involving Jesse discovering his newfound powers that work, and the change of setting is nice, this is just more of the same that we've seen again and again and again from this film series. It's not as horrible as Paranormal Activity 4 - the worst offender of them all - and for a moment, I was steering toward a very mild rental recommendation for you (a rather generous move, if you ask me). Then that third act reared its ugly head and tried to go for a "tie it all together from a different perspective" ending (you'll know it when you see it) that's nothing short of eye-rolling, "Are you kidding me?!" awful.
Full review at http://silverscreenfanatic.com/2014/01/03/paranormal-activity-the-marked-ones/